Great Tuesday (Matins for Great Wednesday)

Great Tuesday (Matins for Great Wednesday)

‘Lord, the woman who had fallen into many sins…fulfilled the task of a myrrh-bearer and, lamenting, brought you sweet-smelling oil before your burial’. The Tropario (Hymn) of Kassiani dominates the service of matins for Great Wednesday. A sinful woman, a harlot in her body, realizes the state she’s in, undertakes...

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Christ and a Case of Mistaken Identity

Christ and a Case of Mistaken Identity

This weekend, the Church moves into Great and Holy Week, culminating in the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. On Palm Sunday we cry out in praise of the Lord, but by the end of the week events will leave the bitter and sorrowful taste of the Passion. This week...

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Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

Metropolitan Panteleimon of Antinoes   Palm Sunday is a Christian moveable feast that falls on the Sunday before Easter. The feast commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in all four canonical Gospels. (Mark 11:1–11, Matthew 21:1–11, Luke 19:28–44, and John 12:12–19). In many Christian churches, Palm Sunday...

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The Transformative Power of the Cross

The Transformative Power of the Cross

Leading up to Holy Week, the week leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion, it is important to learn what the cross is and what it means to us. The cross today is a sign of glory and victory to many people. To some it’s a fashion statement. But during the time...

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Recollections of Great Week on the Holy Mountain

Recollections of Great Week on the Holy Mountain

K. Leontiev   The Great Week of the Passion arrives. And in honour of Christ, to the glory of God, human efforts become even more intense. The divine services become longer and with shorter intervals between them, food even more frugal, time for sleep and rest even briefer. The moral...

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Historic 15th Annual Washing of the Feet Service by Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago

Historic 15th Annual Washing of the Feet Service by Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago

At the last supper our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ kneeled down and washed the dirty feet of each of his disciples. Imagine what your feet would look like if you traveled all over the desert of the Holy Land in nothing but sandals. Yet Christ washed them. The Niptir...

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“If this is how you see Christ, then Holy Week won’t mean a thing to you…”

“If this is how you see Christ, then Holy Week won’t mean a thing to you…”

Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou   Holy Week is the heart of the Christian Orthodox Faith and the centre of the yearly cycle of Christian Feasts. Every year our churches are packed at Holy Week and, come the last three days, they are bursting at the seams with both people who attend...

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The Icon of Extreme Humility

The Icon of Extreme Humility

On or around Holy Week last year, I stopped in our church office. A beautiful icon was on the table as I entered. In all my years, I did not remember ever seeing it before. It was the icon of Extreme Humility. As I venerated this icon, I wondered about...

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Worship, LIVE Services of Holy and Great Week

Worship, LIVE Services of Holy and Great Week

In collaboration with the website  www.agiazoni.gr, PEMPTOUSIA and OCN will provide live streaming on a daily basis of the Services of Holy and Great Week from the church of Ayia Zoni (the Holy Girdle of the Mother of God), Patisia, Athens, Greece. The “live” services of the Holy Week will...

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Waiting and Being

Waiting and Being

It’s Holy Week, and my cat is dying. She is old, older than we had thought, and her kidneys are diseased. Other than alleviating her symptoms, there is nothing we can do. There is no cure for this. So we hydrate her, feed her, pet her, cuddle her, love her,...

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